MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS HIKE IN RIO
Morro Dois Irmãos is one of the best hikes in Rio de Janeiro, boasting incredible views of Ipanema Beach and Rio’s cityscape from the summit. Dois Irmãos in English translates to Two Brothers which refers to the two iconic mountain peaks at this location.
One of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro is getting high above the city for that postcard view and perfect Instagram shot. (You can see my post on Instagram from Morro Dois Irmãos here). The Dois Irmãos hike goes above and beyond and I guarantee when you reach the summit after a short 45-minutes of hiking, it will exceed your expectations!
I have put together this complete guide for hiking Morro Dois Irmãos including how to get there, things to know before you go and what to expect!
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WHERE IS MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS
The trailhead to Dois Irmãos Rio is located at the very top of the hill in the Vidigal neighborhood.
Vidigal is about a ten-minute drive from Ipanema beach and there are local buses that can be hailed down along the esplanade to reach the entrance to Vidigal.
From here I recommend jumping on the back of a motorbike taxi that will take you to the Morro Dois Irmãos trailhead located at the top of the hill which costs only 5 Reals each way.
Alternatively, you can jump in a taxi or an Uber to take you to the entrance of Vidigal, though I don’t recommend taking a car to the top of the hill as the streets are very narrow and always congested.
It’s much better to switch out of the taxi or Uber and take one of the moto-taxis to the starting point of Morro Dois Irmãos. All you have to say to the moto-taxi driver is ‘Dois Irmãos’ or ‘a Trilha’ which means trail in Portuguese and they will know where to drop you.
Before you go, note that Vidigal is one of the many favelas in Rio de Janeiro and known to be a pretty rough area. I would only recommend doing the Morro Dois Irmãos hike during daylight hours to ensure your safety.
From my personal experience, I didn’t feel unsafe or threatened as I didn’t actually have to walk through the favelas as the moto-taxi took me right to where the hike begins.
The trailhead to Morro Dois Irmãos begins right next to a football court at the top of the hill in Vidigial. See the map below for the precise entry point.
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Entry point to Morro Dois Irmãos
HIKING MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS
The trail to the summit of Dois Iramãos Rio de Janeiro is not an easy one nor is it a hard one. It’s quite flat in some areas and it can be steep, slippery and muddy in others.
The hike will take the average person at least forty-five minutes to reach the top and the first three-quarters of the trail are shaded under the forest canopy.
There are a number of awesome viewpoints on the left-hand side of the trail as you near the top of Dois Irmãos which are well worth stopping at to take in the extensive views and to rehydrate.
It does get hot and humid so pack plenty of water as there won’t be anywhere to buy any once you begin the Morro Dois Irmãos hike.
The jungle trail to Dois Irmãos
Halfway viewpoint – Morro Dois Irmãos
Almost at the top of Morro Dois Irmãos
THE SUMMIT OF DOIS IRMÃOS
The trail emerges out from underneath the forest canopy and the blistering sun strikes as a bit of a shock. Continue walking up the ridge for about ten-minutes across the bare rock and through the shrub until you reach the summit Morro Dois Irmãos – Two Brothers Rio peak.
At the summit, you’ll be greeted with one of the best 360-degree panoramic viewpoints you’ve ever seen! A large sloping rockface at the top of Dois Irmãos is where to take the best pictures from, though do be careful because it is a long way down, 533m to be exact.
Enjoy extensive views of Rio de Janeiro, its beaches and the surrounding mountain ranges before you make the hike back to Vidigal.
The way down from Morro Dois Irmãos is along the exact same trail and it takes around thirty minutes to reach the start of the trailhead.
If you can’t spot any moto-taxis right away, head down the hill along the main road until you spot one and hail them down for a ride back to the bottom of the hill. Again, the cost of a moto-taxi is 5 Reals.
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Taking in the view at Morro Dois Irmãos
Couldn’t resist a selfie at Dois Irmãos
FINAL THOUGHTS OF DOIS IRMÃOS
During the few days that I spent in Rio de Janeiro, I have to say that hiking to the Two Brothers Mountain Peak at Morro Dois Irmãos was the highlight of my trip!
There is no view of Rio de Janeiro that can compare to the one at the summit of Dois Irmãos, in my opinion, so if you have the time and love an outdoor adventure, be sure to add this epic location to your list of things to do in Rio!
As I mentioned earlier, you have to pass through the Vidigal favela to get to Morro Dois Irmãos, though please don’t let this deter you from visiting. I didn’t see nor experience anything sketchy happening in the area and I am sure you will be just fine when visiting Dois Irmãos during daylight hours.
WHERE TO STAY NEAR MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS
Rio de Janeiro has thousands of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my favourite places to stay in Rio de Janeiro to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travellers.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema
This luxury 5-star hotel is located right on the edge of Rio’s most famous beach, Ipanema. The Sofitel features an outdoor pool, sauna, spa and gym, all with panoramic views of the ocean and Rio’s skyline. The rooms are spacious, stylish and comfortable with free wifi and breakfast is included.
Mid Range: Atlantis Copacabana Hotel
A 3-star hotel centrally located next to Copacabana beach and Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Atlantis features an outdoor terrace and a rooftop swimming pool. Free wifi is available at the hotel and a buffet breakfast is included. Each room offers cable TV, spacious living, air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Perfect for couples and families.
Budget: Solar Hostel Beach Copacabana
Rated one of the best hostels in Rio, ideally located at Copacabana beach. This budget hostel offers dorm rooms and private rooms, perfect for solo backpackers, friends and couples. There is a shared kitchen at this property and free wifi. For $8 a night, it’s pretty hard to beat!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR RIO
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF MORRO DOIS IRMÃOS
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